American Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Aalstar and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31. The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 37 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Oostende (#3, 18-10) 85-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Aalstar maintains the 4th position in Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aalstar will need more victories to improve their 16-12 record. In the team's last game Copeland had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Aalstar and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Colorado graduate has very impressive stats this year. Copeland is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.0ppg. Copeland is in league's top in and averages solid 56.8% FGP and 42.9% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old guard Geoffrey Hockins (188-G-88) of Liege. Hockins impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Liege to edge the higher-ranked Leuven (#5, 14-13) by 2 points 76-74. Liege's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-18 record. Hockins is well-known by Liege fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was American Timothy Black (178-PG-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) of second-ranked Antwerp. Black scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Antwerp, leading his team to a 71-68 win against the lower-ranked Gent (#7, 10-18). Antwerp needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 8 lost games. Black has a great season in Belgium. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.3ppg (4th best) and assists with 3.0apg (4th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Aalstar - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Terrence Jennings (205-F-88) of Liege - 12 points and 12 rebounds 6. Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89) of Aalstar - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists 7. Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Gent - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81) of Oostende - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Brent Wright (203-F/C-78) of Oostende - 18 points and 4 rebounds 10. Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86) of Leuven - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Axel Hervelle selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - May 20, 2013
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Belgians who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) to beat Valencia Basket (22-12).
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Belgians who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (19-15) to beat Valencia Basket (22-12).
Hervelle scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court.
But Gescrap BB lost 61-72 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Valencia Basket.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Hervelle averages: 7.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 85.7% in the 33 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). Van Rossom led CAI Zaragoza to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked UCAM Murcia (13-21) crushing them 108-74 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday.
He recorded 13 points.
CAI Zaragoza (21-13) is placed fifth in the ACB.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Van Rossom's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 84.3%.
He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.
#3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (190-85, currently plays in Italy). Tabu contributed to a 2-point Cantu's victory against the second-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (22-8) 73-71 in the Italian SerieA on Monday night.
He scored 9 points in only 14 minutes.
FoxTown Cantu (17-13) is placed seventh in the SerieA.
This year Tabu's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 81.1% in the 36 games.
He is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.
#4. An experienced guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Tezenis VE's victory against the closely-ranked Novipiu Casale (18-10) 85-73 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Friday night's game.
Lauwers scored 8 points.
Tezenis Verona (15-13) is placed seventh in the Lega2.
Lauwers' total stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 2.1rpg.
He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Italian.
Lauwers is also Belgian national team player.
Ethias League Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Aalstar and M.Hainaut sweep respective series - May 18, 2013
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Leuven - M.Hainaut 69-92
M.Hainaut toppled Leuven on the road and advanced into the Ehtias League semifials. The game without a history. Belfius Mons-Hainaut led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Leuven Bears' 24. Belfius Mons-Hainaut had a 25-13 advantage in offensive rebounds [read more]
M.Hainaut toppled Leuven on the road and advanced into the Ehtias League semifials. The game without a history. Belfius Mons-Hainaut led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Leuven Bears' 24. Belfius Mons-Hainaut had a 25-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Belfius Mons-Hainaut especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. The other American import guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agency: Interperformances) produced 15 points and American swingman Bradford Burgess (198-90, college: VCU, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Leuven: I.Hanavan 15+4reb, B.Burgess 14+3reb, E.Lasisi 13+2reb+2ast, G.Robinson 10+2reb+2ast, I.Aska 6+5reb, T.Deroover 6+1reb+1ast M.Hainaut: J.Bostic 18+3reb+4ast, Q.Taylor 13+5reb+4ast, J.Cage 12+1reb+2ast, B.Qvale 12+3reb+2ast, J.Wallace 9+3reb+3ast, L.Giancaterino 8+1ast
Aalstar had little problems against Antwerp to sweet the quarterfinal series. The game without a history. Okapi Aalstar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 34-of-38 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game, while Antwerp Giants only scored sixteen points from the stripe. Antwerp Giants were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The other American import guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) contributed with 26 points for the winners. The former international guard Roel Moors (190-78) replied with 25 points and American point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC) added 20 points in the effort for Antwerp Giants. Four Okapi Aalstar and five Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Antwerp: R.Moors 25+4reb+2ast, T.Black 20+3reb+2ast, B.Hopkins 13+4reb+2ast, J.Love 12+8reb, J.Mwema 11+6reb, R.Biggs 3+2reb Aalstar: D.Raivio 28+5reb+3ast, R.Thompson 26+3reb+2ast, A.Ruoff 14+4reb, L.Cummard 13+10reb+1ast, C.Young 9+6reb+2ast, J.Tofi 8+3reb+1ast
Excelsior signs rookie Brandon Ubel - May 17, 2013
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Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels (Division II) inked 22-year old American forward Brandon Ubel (208-106kg-91). He just graduated from Nebraska (NCAA). In 31 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg this season. The last season Ubel also at the University of Nebraska in Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. In 30 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball [read more]
Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels (Division II) inked 22-year old American forward Brandon Ubel (208-106kg-91). He just graduated from Nebraska (NCAA). In 31 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg this season. The last season Ubel also at the University of Nebraska in Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. In 30 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season in pro basketball. Ubel received Big 12 All-Academic 1st Team award in 2011 at his college time.
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